Pomp and circumstance will be back for a July 4th celebration in Pure Ludington! We are beyond excited to invite you to the lakeshore for the holiday. Here’s a brief list of what’s happening:
Art in the Park
The West Shore Art Fair takes place July 3-4 in Rotary Park, featuring 110-plus fine artists across a variety of media, including clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, sculpture and more. In addition to original, jury-selected art, the show features live music performances, food stations and a children's art activity area (10-5 Saturday and Sunday). This open-air event is managed by the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.
Gipsy Jazz at the LSP
Enjoy a lively performance from Third Coast Gipsy Jazz at the Lake Michigan Beach House inside the Ludington State Park during a 7 p.m July 3 concert. Live music is part of the Ludington State Park Summer Music & Adventure Series and is free to attend. (A free will offering will be taken to support arts events.)
Freedom Festival Grand Parade
The Independence Day celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. July 4 with a grand parade proceeding down Ludington Avenue into the downtown district. Live music, floats, characters, animals and more will make their way through the streets as part of the holiday festival, put on by the Ludington Area Jaycees. The parade begins on Madison Street, turns west onto Ludington Avenue, north on Lakeshore Drive and ends around Fitch Street.
Freedom Festival 1 Mile Dash
Just prior to the parade, meet at Leveaux Park to help raise funds for the fireworks display by participating in the Freedom Festival 1 Mile Dash. A $30 entry fee comes with a tech shirt and finisher's medal, and prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners. Registration info can be found online here.
Head to the River
Henry’s Landing we will be celebrating the Fourth of July weekend with fun on the river, including an annual ice cream social, corn hole tournament, kids’ Independence Day parade and, of course, camping and kayaking. Check here for a local canoe livery and spend a day on the beautiful Pere Marquette River.
Visit the Farm
Take advantage of 40+ games and experiences and visit 100+ unique animals at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo. Kick it up a notch with a scheduled animal encounter, when you can get a behind-the-scenes look at what a zookeeper does, or hang out with a sloth during an up-close-and-personal meeting. The farm is open 9-6 Saturday, 10-5 Sunday.
Dip Your Toes in the Sand
You can’t go wrong with a visit to the beach! Grab takeout from one of our amazing Pure Ludington restaurants and enjoy it at one of our local parks. Many establishments offer to-go food that is easily transportable, and the white-sand beaches in Ludington are an impeccable place to spend an afternoon or watch an evening sunset. And don’t forget a stop at House of Flavors for a memorable and tasty ice cream cone!
Freedom Festival Fireworks
The holiday will end with a bang with the July 4 fireworks over Lake Michigan at dusk. They are viewable from just about any beach in Ludington, but a popular place to land is Stearns Park Beach. What’s more, the SS Badger offers a shoreline cruise during the evening hours, but tickets sell out quickly. Reserve yours at ssbadger.com.
The renowned Scottville Clown Band will entertain audiences at the Scottville Clown Bandshell with patriotic tunes in signature clown-band style. This holiday-themed event will be held at 7 p.m. July 6 at 105 Green St., Scottville. The band will also make an appearance in the July 4 grand parade. To view the band’s full summer schedule, click here.
For more events surrounding the holiday weekend, head to our Pure Ludington calendar. Share your July 4 weekend photos with us on social media using #PureLudington
*All COVID-19 restrictions expired by July 1. The Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to travel and enjoy local activities safely.